Group backs 'RoSa' tandem
(UPDATE) Nearly 30 local candidates in Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao declared their support for the presidential bid of Vice President Leni Robredo Sunday.
At a press conference in Villanueva town, members of the “Team Unity” local alliance led by gubernatorial candidate, 2nd district Rep. Juliette Uy said they would back Robredo and Lakas-CMD vice presidential bet Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in the May 9 elections.
“RoSa kaming tanan (We are all for RoSa)!” Uy exclaimed while raising her fist at the end of her endorsement, referring to the term floated by supporters of Robredo and Duterte.
She was joined by her husband, Julio Uy, who is running to replace her in the 2nd district, 1st district congressional contender Karen Lagbas, and Uy’s vice governor running-mate Joey Pelaez.
Uy and most of the Team Unity candidates are members of the National Unity Party (NUP), which had earlier endorsed Duterte’s running-mate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Among the slate are 24 mayoral candidates in the province, 11 of whom are incumbents.
Uy, a three-term representative, described Robredo as a close friend, having been fellow "freshmen" in Congress back in 2013.
"A very simple woman, virtuous, with righteousness, commitment--committed, sa trabaho grabe kaseryoso. Simple and approachable friend,” she said.
Pelaez described Robredo as a “principled” leader.
"This is a principled choice because we are not choosing based on popularity at the moment but we are choosing whom we think is the best leader for this country. And we can only think of VP Leni Robredo as president & Mayor Sara Duterte as vice president,” he said.
Other candidates highlighted Robredo’s background as a public lawyer, adding they admired the COVID-19 response of Robredo’s office which also reached the province.
"She is in touch with the grassroots. She is a truly credible person worthy of our support. Why? because prior to becoming a public official she was already a public servant,” said Villanueva Mayor Jennie Uy-Mendez, Uy’s daughter.
“Nakita namin you have policies and programs based on how she sees the actual situation on the ground.”
Uy-Mendez also cited Robredo’s “steadfastness” despite being targetted by disinformation and bashing online.
She also said the candidate was a good choice for Filipinos.
"We’re here to serve the Filipino people, not any political party or any specific political color,” she added.
Misamis Oriental has 1,039,205 registered voters, the most in the Northern Mindanao region.
The endorsement is the latest boost for Robredo among local candidates in Northern Mindanao as well as in the NUP.
Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno of the PROMDI party, who is also running for Misamis Oriental governor, earlier declared his support for Robredo after she declared her candidacy in 2021.
Cagayan De Oro 2nd district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, who leads the Centrist Democratic Party, also endorsed Robredo along with Duterte in mid-March.
Meanwhile, Cavite 4th district Rep. Pidi Barzaga, who is president of the NUP, came out in support of Robredo’s bid on Saturday, despite his party’s announcement.